Yesterday morning at 9:00AM ET POP Parenting radio show debuted to a national audience through the Genesis Communications Network. This has been a long time in the making. We first began conversations with GCN in November 2014. By the following November, we had an agreement in place, and we left local radio, but we had to build a home studio that could communicate with the GCN satellite system. It took some time to raise the money, order the equipment (this kind of stuff isn’t available on Amazon Prime), build the studio, choose and record bumper music and intros/outros, do testing and settle on an official launch date.
The new studio is in Jody’s house, and by an awesome turn of Providential events, we ended up moving six houses away from Jody just a week before the new show launched! So my husband Matt and I walked down the road for the first show (how stinkin’ cool is that?). Matt is our tech guy here in Florida, and he communicates with the engineers and mechanics who helped up us with our chevrolet lt4 engine as a favor and other electrical systems in the house.
The Sound of POP ParentingSo…you’ll notice there are no pictures of our first day. Well…I guess this is confession time. So, since it was a Saturday morning and my family is still knee-deep in boxes (unpacking a family of eight – soon to be nine – is no small feat), and since the studio is just down the block, I must confess that I showed up to our first show in my PJs! My husband works nights, so I brewed him some coffee, filled our Tervis Tumblers with hot drinks, woke him up, and we headed down the block. I must say the PJ broadcast was so nice, but next week I’ll have family in town for my baby shower, so I’ll get dressed for that show, and we will try to get some photos in the new studio.
If you had a chance to listen to the show yesterday, you may have noticed some fun music at the intros and outros. The new sound of POP Parenting is from Indie Americana band Brother Brother, comprised of brothers Bradley and Brett Anderson. They are a mix of folk, alternative, bluegrass and roots-infused original music played on acoustic instruments.
Bradley and Brett are talented musicians and captivating performers, and their family embodies the principles of POP Parenting. The Anderson family helped Bradley and Brett discover and pursue a passion for music from a young age. They worked hard to develop skill, and then they pounded the pavement to find venues that would let them play. Their success is a great inspiration, and we are excited to see the places they will go in the years to come.
We sincerely hope you will follow them on social media and check out their music. They have a new album coming out soon, and we have had a chance to hear some of the new songs. We can’t WAIT for the album to debut because their new music has some of our favorite Brother Brother songs. We’ll be sure to let you know when that happens.
This Week’s Show Topic
For this first episode, we thought it would be a good idea to introduce ourselves to a new audience. So we shared more information about who we are, how we met, what we do and what we believe. We explained what POP Parenting means and how the POP Parenting philosophy will influence show topics.
We have revamped our show format a bit. There are four segments of the show. Going forward, here’s what you can expect.
- Segment #1 is an introduction and some background information on the show topic
- Segment #2 is a deeper exploration of the topic
- Segment #3 is all about practical ways to apply the information contained in the show topic
- Segment #4 is “Caught in the Act” and the show wrap up (see below for more info)
In this week’s episode, we highlighted a few things that we want to point out here. First, you may not realize that our weekly newspaper column always ties in with the current radio topic. It’s typically an extension of the show and contains additional information and resources. So if the POP Parenting column is not in your local paper, please give your paper a call and tell them that you want the POP Parenting column. You can send them to our website at jenniandjody.com, and tell them to contact us for more information.
Speaking of the website, we are working on a few things in the short term. For starters, we are working to add a Radio section to the site that will have the live GCN link. You can always click on the link and listen live online on Saturday mornings at 9:00AM ET. We still have to figure out how to get the download of the show so that we can build a new podcast archive in the Radio section of jenniandjody.com. Once we figure that out, we will post episodes by the end of the day on Saturday, along with show notes that include info about the show and any links to information discussed in the show. We are also looking for interns who will transcribe the show for us, and once we have that, we’ll include that with the podcasts as well. And we will also work on getting the podcasts back on iTunes.
If you would like to be able to hear the show on your local AM or FM radio station, please contact us, and we will tell you how you can help us make that happen. We will be adding new stations around the country regularly, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted as we add new stations.
So, we haven’t blogged regularly for quite a while. A few things have contributed to our silence. For starters, my pregnancy and recent move have created some personal roadblocks. With all seven babies, I have been wrecked through the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, so sick it takes all of my effort just to do the most basic things for my family. This is definitely the last pregnancy for me (surgically so), which means no more morning sickness! YAY.
Also, we have poured our time and attention into two big things over the last nine months or so:
- Building the new radio studio and connecting with stations around the country
- Producing a 16-week Study Skills Course. If you’d like info on the course, click here to get a free webinar about it, and contact us if you’d like to know how you can get the course now that the deadline for the current semester has passed.
Beginning July, you can expect about two blog posts a week from us: one that relates to the current radio topic and one that deals with whatever is on our hearts and minds that month. So if you haven’t signed up to receive email updates, head to our home page and look in the upper right corner.
Caught in the Act
We have added a new segment to the POP Parenting show that we are SUPER excited about! Each week, we will feature a parent from out in the community who was “caught in the act” of doing something extra-ordinary. For our first one, we wanted to introduce our listeners to one of our favorite parents, our dear friend Anne Elhajoui. Anne and her husband Dylan have four of the most creative kids we’ve ever known, and we wanted to ask Anne HOW she did it! Her answers were awesome. Be sure to listen to the show to hear what she had to say. She gives some really practical tips.
One of the tips she offered was a website called GettingToKnow.com, which offers kid-friendly resources for learning about “the world’s greatest people, places, ideas and events.”
Here are some cool pictures that Anne shared with us:
If you see someone out and about in your area doing something awesome with or for their kids, please visit us at jenniandjody.com, click on the Contact link, and let us know what you saw. Also, be sure to give us your contact info and the contact info of the parent you witnessed (or grandparent or caregiver), and we just might feature them on an episode of POP Parenting!
KCAM in Copper River Valley, Alaska
Last but not least, we want to give a shout out to the newest station to carry POP Parenting — KCAM, who serves the Copper River Valley in Alaska. POP Parenting will air on KCAM at 2:00PM AKT on Saturdays. We had a great time meeting Scott Yahr and Michelle Eastty at KCAM back in April. They live in a breathtaking part of our country! And the heart and vision of their station was such a great match for POP Parenting!
Be sure to tune into next week’s episode of POP Parenting at GCNLive.com on Saturday morning at 9:00AM ET. Have a great week.